Jose Mourinho makes SHOCK revelation about his Chelsea squad

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 Jose Mourinho says none of his Chelsea players are untouchable.The Blues boss memorably described the nucleus of his first Chelsea side as permanent names on the team-sheet, but believes his underperforming players are short of that status this term.“Untouchables in football, only consistency can give you that status,” said Mourinho, whose champions are 15th in the Premier League after two wins in the opening seven games.“You have to be a fantastic player, but you have to be consistent.“In this moment we have fantastic players, the players that gave us the title last season. But football is about today, it’s not about yesterday. In football you have to be consistent in your performance, in your emotion.“To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, but to be a winner you must have a strong mentality every game, every day. At this moment I don’t have untouchables.”Chelsea have Diego Costa available for Tuesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Porto, Mourinho’s former club, with the striker in the middle of a three-match domestic ban.Mourinho lauded Costa’s performance in the win over Arsenal, when the Brazil-born Spain striker was a nuisance and retrospectively banned for grappling with Laurent Koscielny.Asked if he would like 11 players to show the same desire of Costa, Mourinho said: “I think we would lose every game because the desire to suspend him is so big that we wouldn’t have players to start the game.“I’m happy to have only one and let him play until they decide to suspend him again.”last_img read more


Wenger to drop defender after nightmare performance? Predicted Arsenal line up v Bournemouth

first_img 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) 11 11 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left wing) 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) Arsenal are looking to immediately bounce back after throwing away the chance to go top of the Premier League table on Boxing Day.Arsene Wenger’s men were beaten 4-0 by an inspired Southampton, a result that has been met with considerable frustration given Leicester City’s defeat to Liverpool could have seen the Gunners leapfrog the Foxes to first place.Having put in such a woeful performance versus the Saints, could Wenger therefore make some notable changes to his line up against a Bournemouth side unbeaten in six?Have a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 21. Calum Chambers (centre midfield) 11last_img read more


Big names to return v Watford or LVG to stick with winning XI in Premier League?

first_img 11 11 1. David de Gea (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Man United line up v Watford 30. Guillermo Varela (right back) 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (central midfield) Should Man United Louis van Gaal change a winning team?The club play Watford, three days after beating Arsenal 3-2, but they also received good news in terms of player injuries.MARTIAL, SMALLING AND DARMIAN COULD RETURN AGAINST WATFORDWill the trio return to action on Wednesday night or will the boss wait for the West Brom fixture on Sunday to bring the big names back?Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Man United line up v Watford. 35. Jesse Lingard (wide forward) 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 8. Juan Mata (central attack) 21. Ander Herrera (central midfield) 11 7. Memphis Depay (wide forward) 11 11 39. Marcus Rashford (striker) 11last_img read more


Turiaf may be starting forward

first_imgBy Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER HONOLULU – At the end of another routine day in paradise, Lakers coach Phil Jackson caused a minor stir by saying he was considering starting forward Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton when the season begins Oct. 30. It had nothing to do with Walton’s strained right hamstring, which prevented him from practicing Friday at Iolani High School. It had everything to do with Jackson’s desire to add Turiaf’s energy to the starting five. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJackson acknowledged that he had not spoken to Walton about making the switch. Turiaf also said he had heard nothing about a possible change. Walton started all 60 games in which he played last season; Turiaf came off the bench in all but one of 72. “We’ll see how it goes,” Jackson said. “It’s still a long time away from tip time, but I know we have to have starters coming off the bench to be a good team.” Walton feigned outrage when Jackson’s plans were relayed to him. “That’s messed up,” he said. “How do you lose your starting spot over the summer when you didn’t even do anything (wrong)? He hasn’t told me anything. I would like to start. I’m not going to pout if I don’t. I like starting. I enjoy it, but if he feels we’ll have a better flow, I guess we’ll try it out.” Walton signed a five-year, $30 millon contract in July after a breakout season in which he averaged 11.4 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Turiaf also figured Jackson was playing mind games. “I think he’s jerking around with me,” Turiaf said. “He’s been jerking around with me for 21/2 years. On a more serious note, I’ll be ready for whatever is coming my way. I know what they’re asking from the power forward.” Turiaf averaged 5.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 2006-07, his second season in the NBA after a standout career at Gonzaga. “He’s kind of our silent warrior, even though he’s kind of an outspoken kind of guy,” Jackson said of Turiaf. “I really am considering starting him, but that position is really wide open. (But) he’s a guy who can bring energy to the game.” Walton sits out Two years ago, Walton tore his hamstring during training camp and was forced to sit out the first few weeks of the regular season. So he was taking no chances when he felt his hamstring tighten Friday. “When I pulled it a couple of years ago, I just figured it was tight,” Walton said. “I kept playing and that’s when I tore it. So when I came in today, they said to calm it down. I can feel it just standing here. It’s like a knot.” Walton’s status was termed day to day. Bynum’s best Teenage center Andrew Bynum had his best day of practice so far, Jackson said. Kwame Brown (ankle and shoulder) and Chris Mihm (ankle) are coming back from offseason surgeries, which probably helped to make Bynum stand out. Bynum dunked over Mihm to cap one possession near the end of a scrimmage. He also swished a right-handed hook shot over a pack of defenders on another, prompting Jackson to shout, “Nice, Andrew.” “It was probably his best day,” Jackson said. “We started to run some plays to feature our post players, so there was an ample opportunity to kind of explore it. He had Kwame out there on him, and he had Chris out there on him today, so both of them competed against him.” Fisher injured Point guard Derek Fisher suffered a deep cut on his forehead when he ran into one of free agent Larry Turner’s elbows during a drill. Fisher did not receive stitches, but athletic trainer Gary Vitti made sufficient repairs and Fisher finished practice. Bobcats’ May out Charlotte Bobcats forward Sean May will miss the season after deciding to undergo microfracture surgery on his troublesome right knee. May, who saw two knee specialists this week, will have the surgery Tuesday in New York. Recovery time will take six to 12 months. May, the 13th pick in the 2005 draft, has played in only 58 of 164 games over the past two seasons. He had surgery to remove cartilage during his rookie season, then developed a bone bruise last year. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Rowling’s Christian critics miss the mark

first_imgTHERE are some Christian factions that love to criticize J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. References to witchcraft, paganism, curses and hexes make the books easy targets for the defenders of righteousness. It turns out these factions of Christianity miss their mark. Instead of focusing on how things like witchcraft and paganism are anti-Christian themes, they should have been criticizing Rowling’s interpretation of life after death. During her book tour visit to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, a reporter asked Rowling to explain the last time she wrote about Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore dies in the sixth book, but meets Harry in limbo, somewhere between life and death, near the end of “The Deathly Hallows.” Before leaving Harry, Dumbledore is seen crying in grief and shame as he says good-bye and returns to being dead, while Harry goes on living. The reporter wanted to know if Dumbledore spends eternity crying and in pain. Rowling said no, that Dumbledore has a wonderful afterlife, despite the mistakes he made during his life. Then Rowling proceeded to explain her thoughts on the afterlife. “On any given moment, if you asked me (if) I believe in life after death, I think if you polled me regularly through the week, I think I would come down on the side of yes – that I do believe in life after death,” Rowling said. “It’s something that I wrestle with a lot. It preoccupies me a lot, and I think that’s very obvious within the books.” This is what Rowling’s Christian critics should really be angry about. For Rowling, the afterlife is more than a promise. It exists. Without Christ. She has created a world where the dead walk among the living, where the afterlife is for everyone; and in some regards it’s a better place than the living world. Death is not that horrible of an option. For many Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as savior is the only path to an afterlife. Those who don’t are lost, sent to hell, or purgatory, or someplace other than heaven. Rowling doesn’t need Christ. Not in her wizard world. Not in her afterlife. Not anywhere near Harry Potter. That is the reason Christians should be upset with Rowling – not because her child characters perform spells and curses and delve into witchcraft, but because they do not need Christ to have an afterlife. None of us do, in Rowling’s views. In the world of Harry Potter, dying is not something that needs to be feared. Those who are afraid of dying become corrupted, misguided, lost and alone. Dumbledore is the best example of what happens to Rowling’s characters who embrace the thought of an afterlife. They take chances. They challenge authority. Most importantly, they aren’t afraid to fail. Dumbledore turns out to be a failure in many ways, but it doesn’t affect his place in the afterlife. He may have regrets, but he would not trade his afterlife for a chance to return among the living. Harry gets to make that choice – to be dead or alive. In that sense, he is much luckier than any of us will ever be. That moment when Harry gets to decide if he wants to live or die best illustrates Rowling’s struggle with the concept of life after death. “The truth is that, like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes that my faith will return,” Rowling said. “It’s something I struggle with a lot.” Tim Haddock writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, www.insidesocal.com/harrypotter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


North too much for Lawndale

first_imgPIONEER LEAGUE: Cryer rushes for 194 yards, two TDs. Denker passes for two scores. By Kent Johnson CORRESPONDENT North Torrance continued its strong Pioneer League play, defeating visiting Lawndale, 38-26. Lawndale (4-3, 0-2) was led by running back Kelvin Rutledge, who had two scintillating touchdown runs of 52 and 35 yards. Rutledge’s outside running was complemented by the inside running of Trayveon Thomas and Carlton Callaway, who rushed for 67 and 58 yards, respectively.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After dropping four of five nonleague games against Daily Breeze Top-10 teams, North has won three of its last four games and is tied atop the Pioneer League. North (3-4, 2-0) had an effective attack with 269 yards rushing and 156 yards passing. Running back, Kyle Cryer, led the ground game with 194 yards The score was tied, 26-26, with 8:09 left in the game when North Torrance executed a 62-yard scoring drive capped by Michael Capo’s 5-yard touchdown run. Lawndale got the ball with 3:03 remaining and drove to the North 44-yard line. But with 1:55 remaining, Lawndale fumbled the ball and North defensive end C.J. Harrington scooped it up and ran 55 yards for a score to seal the win. and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Quarterback B.J. Denker completed 10 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two TDs. “We didn’t come out like we wanted; we expected to score every series and stop them on defense,” Cryer said. “But we stepped up and made some good plays. In the end, the defensive stops were key.” last_img read more


Firefighters’ toil takes energy, guts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You know all those days off we get so we can enjoy those speed boats all firefighters are supposed to own? Well this is how we pay for them,” said veteran Firefighter Craig Doolittle from Los Angeles County Engine Co. 99 in Malibu. “It’s payback for that 12-foot dingy I have that takes six pulls (on the engine cord) to get started,” he added, trying to laugh. He couldn’t. None of them could. They were just too damn tired. They hadn’t had more than a catnap in 48 hours, and a few hot meals eaten on the run. And in a few minutes, they’d be back on their rigs heading for the latest hot spot to put themselves between someone’s home and a fire that refuses to die – again. “A lot of people think being a firefighter is a pretty cool, laid back job because most of the time you only see them in Ralphs shopping or at a school open house,” said Vance Woodman, walking his dog along PCH. “But then something like this happens and you realize the guts and energy it takes to do what they do. I couldn’t do it. I don’t think many people could.” Woodman’s right. In a few days, when hopefully all the fires raging in Southern California are under control, thankful neighborhoods will throw potlucks for the firefighters who saved their homes. They’ll be called heroes, and have their pictures taken with awestruck kids. Then they’ll go back to their firehouses – out of sight and mind until we see them again shopping in the supermarket or at an open house. Or rushing into the next raging fire while the rest of us are rushing out. What we won’t see is the constant training they do on their shifts. The latest technology and fire science they must learn to beat the next blaze. “It’s hard, dangerous work, especially with relentless conditions like this,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman, watching another engine company of his weary firefighters pull out of the staging area on PCH to head back into the mouth of a fire that scoffs at their efforts. “They’ve been working straight since Saturday morning, and most of them haven’t had more than a meal and a half in two days,” Freeman said. “They earn their money.” Yes they do, chief. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU – These are the dog days when they earn their money, the days when every bone in their aching bodies feels its age, the weary firefighters said Monday. They were leaning against their rigs taking a well-deserved break after being on the Malibu fire line since early Saturday morning. One minute they were in their station house having a wake-up cup of coffee and looking forward to the USC-Notre Dame football game. The next they were on their fire rigs flying down Pacific Coast Highway to put themselves between a raging, wind-driven inferno and people’s lives and homes. Getting ready to earn their money again. last_img read more


Bush veto of water bill soaked

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The House approved what could become the first override of a President Bush veto Tuesday, with Republicans joining Democrats in challenging the president over a $23.2 billion water resources bill that addresses pressing infrastructure needs while offering hundreds of home district projects. “I must respectfully disagree with President Bush’s veto of this important and long overdue water resources development act,” said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the top Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in explaining the rare rebellion of the GOP faithful toward the president. The vote was 361-54, well over the two-thirds majority needed to negate a presidential veto. The Senate, which approved the bill 81-12 in September, could cast its override vote as early as today. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Bush’s argument that the bill is fiscally irresponsible rings hollow when the White House is asking for an additional $200 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Fiscally responsible people maintain their infrastructure,” he said. “Fiscally responsible people know that clean water and safe harbors aid our commerce and the health of our people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bush did not veto a single bill during the first five years of his presidency.last_img read more


Inter Milan striker Eder insists he does not regret Leicester City snub

first_img1 Eder has no regrets about opting to join Inter Milan instead of Leicester City during the January transfer window.The striker left Sampdoria for the San Siro on a two-year loan deal which is expected to be made permanent.However, the 29-year-old could have joined Leicester after Claudio Ranieri tried to lure him to the King Power Stadium.But Eder decided to head to Inter and, despite the Foxes sitting top of the Premier League, the Italy international stands by his choice.“I don’t regret my decision. I’d do the same again,” Eder told Corriere dello Sport.“With all due respect to Leicester, but Inter are Inter. I’ve been in Italy a long time and I know what these colours mean.“But it’s true that I had a deal with Leicester and I want to thank Ranieri. I spoke with him back then and he is an extraordinary person.“I’ll support them in the Premier League, but I couldn’t give up on Inter.” The 29-year-old could have joined Leicester after Claudio Ranieri tried to lure him to the King Power Stadium last_img read more


Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers emerges as number one contender for Celtic job

first_img Brendan Rodgers 1 Brendan Rodgers is understood to be holding talks with Celtic over their managerial vacancy.The Northern Irishman is reportedly the Scottish champions’ top target to take over from Ronny Deila, who stepped down at the end of the season.Rodgers has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool in October.He came close to leading them to the Premier League title in 2013-14 but had to contend with the sale of a host of key players and failed to win a trophy during his time at Anfield.Since his Liverpool exit, Rodgers has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and Newcastle, but now could be heading north of the border.With Rangers back in the Premiership next season, Celtic want a big-name boss to succeed Deila as they aim to see of their bitter rivals’ challenge and retain their crown.And they see Rodgers as the ideal man to lead them into a new dawn.The 43-year-old has already held tentative talks with the Scottish giants over the job and is now set for futher discussions this week as Celtic look to secure his signature.last_img read more